Letters to the Editor

County connector has become a necessity

An open letter to Gwinnett County commissioners:

The east cross-county connector is no longer an option; it has become a necessity. A few weeks ago, I made a trip from my home in Buford to Loganville at 10 a.m. on a Tuesday. I expected an easy trip at that time of the day and that time of the week. I waited two or three light changes at many of the lights along Ga. Highway 20. It was almost an hour trip. It was the same returning home.

We are already in gridlock, and traffic will continue to grow as homes continue to be built. We need the cross-county connector now.

And, please, no more talk about toll roads. I remember when Ga. Highway 316 was extended. I knew then it was a mistake not to have an underpass or overpass at Ga. 20. There is an example of poor planning. The Ga. 316 discussion would not be taking place if a little foresight had been used. Needless to say, it would have been a lot cheaper then.

If we fail to provide the roads we need right now, it is going to be more and more difficult in the future. The people who complain about roads being built and roads being widened are the first to complain about the traffic. I am sorry, but someone has to have the road in his or her backyard.

I encourage the Gwinnett County commissioners to get off the fence and do something constructive. I am 69 years old and probably won't live to see a cross-county connector finished. But for the future prosperity of Gwinnett County, let's do it now.

- Richard Hood


Rethink 'facts' about global climate change

In the New York Times, Andrew Revkin wrote a piece about how White House officials have repeatedly edited government climate reports. The insinuation is that because these individuals temper the writings to include the possibility that all these effects may not be totally manmade, the officials are being disingenuous with the American people.

Any question of these scientific "facts" is dismissed as being delivered by "officials with ties to energy industries that have long fought greenhouse-gas restrictions."

Since when has it been unscientific to question the hypothesis of an experiment? Wouldn't it be prudent to question these scientists who in 1974 were warning us of the future global freezing and crying foul that we would not take action to melt the polar icecap? These same scientists stated our inactivity would certainly ruin us as a nation. What would be the results today had we followed the opinions of these scientists and exacerbated the melting of this icecap?

Couldn't the temperatures of magma near the surface of the earth contribute some to the rise in our overall temperatures? This same magma may be liquefying some of the earth's plates to the extent that they are shifting to re-establish a firm foundation,7 which may be causing the increase in earthquake activities.

I am not a scientist. But I have not heard any of these possibilities being discussed as possible reasons for this recent increase in global temperatures. We have gone through several of these heating and cooling periods in the earth's lifeline. Can any of you out there in our scientific, environmental or climate experts tell us citizens that these facts are not equally valid assumptions? Until you can prove otherwise, I support our president's prudent approach to the solution.

- Tom Jordan